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Libertyville gears up for annual festival

This year's Libertyville Days Festival will include the popular watermelon-eating contest.
This year's Libertyville Days Festival will include the popular watermelon-eating contest.

LIBERTYVILLE – The annual Libertyville Days festival is set for the weekend of June 14-17 in downtown Libertyville.  

The theme for the 2018 Libertyville Days Festival is, “Libertyville, A Beautiful Place in the Country!” The theme is a tribute to Libertyville’s farm and country past. It also shines recognition on the current “Mile of Cars” automobile district along Milwaukee Avenue. A popular sound on Chicago area television and radio in the 1970s and 1980s was Weil Cadillac’s “A beautiful place in the country,” jingle. 

The 2018 Libertyville Days Parade Grand Marshals are longtime Libertyville Days and Civic Center volunteers Art and Nancy Kopp. The Kopps have spent decades involved with volunteering with the Libertyville Days festival.

Art Kopp is the former president of the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation. Nancy Kopp spent numerous years as the Libertyville Days Parade chairman, spending a great deal of time coordinating parade entries, and ensuring the parade would step off each year, without issue.

2018 also marks the last year Terry Weppler will serve as the Libertyville Days Parade chairman. Libertyville’s mayor has spent close to 40 years as a volunteer for the summertime festival. Weppler will continue to be a visible part of the parade for the remainder of his term as mayor. In addition to organizing all the parade participates ahead of the parade, Weppler has also played an important role during the parade – walking the parade route, with shovel in hand, behind the horse entries of the parade. 

This year’s festival includes a renewed focus on four nights of quality musical acts for the main stage area near the Civic Center building. The musical acts include Modern Day Romeos, Ivy Ford, Betty Soul, Fletch Rockwell, Wheelhouse and Mellencougar.   

Other festival highlights include the Miss Libertyville pageants (June 14), Children’s Party and Children’s Bake Off (both June 15), youth stage performances (June 16), and a watermelon-eating contest and an appearance by the Agriculture Lake County Farm Group (June 17). 

The Beer Garden will be open all four days in the Civic Center parking lot; 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 4 to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 

For more information, visit www.LibertyvilleDays.org.

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